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Angie

Mission Viejo, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Heaven's Wager: The Heaven Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Tim Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (158)

    Kent Anthony is a brilliant software engineer who is cashing in on a brilliant career. He's finally living the idyllic life, far from thoughts of theft and murder and other kinds of horrible criminal behavior. He's left his past far behind.... or so he thinks. This story will bring you face to face with a hidden world more real than most people ever realize; a world where the unseen is more powerful than anything seen.

    Linda says: "Climbing the ladder of success. What's at the top?"
    "Open's Your Eyes To The Spiritual Realm"
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    What made the experience of listening to Heaven's Wager the most enjoyable?

    I especially enjoyed the ending and how it became personal to every listener.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was real with a large dose of hope.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gregory’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure. I enjoyed his telling of the story. He did a great job staying in character.


    If you could rename Heaven's Wager, what would you call it?

    Every Man Is a Job


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved reading books by Ted Dekker. I did not find this one as well written as some of his other books. I thought his word choice and expressions were a bit cheesy at times and some of the drama was a bit drawn out and not necessary for the story line.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2475)
    Performance
    (1011)
    Story
    (1010)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "A FUN, ENTERTAINING READ"
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    What made the experience of listening to The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency the most enjoyable?

    The main character was intelligent, and gutsy. It was also enjoyable learning about another culture through the eyes of the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How she so cleverly went about solving the mysteries.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene with the witch doctors wife.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A woman breaks down cultural boundaries to fearlessly pursue her greatest passion and tap into her greatest talents.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Boyle
    • Narrated By Gregory Boyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (379)

    As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

    Jeremy says: "Perhaps the best book I've read in years."
    "True Religion in Action"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tattoos on the Heart to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the audio version. It was especially nice hearing it read in the author's voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tattoos on the Heart?

    The real life stories of young gang members trying to break free to live a more promising fulfilling life. Some of the stories that didn't always end up the way you would like drove home the point that real life isn't always as "perfect" as we would like, but with God, all things work together for good.


    What about Gregory Boyle’s performance did you like?

    I liked hearing him read the story in his own words which were sometimes colorful. He relates to these young adults in a way they understand.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Enriching the lives of the marginalized through unconditional love.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When Heaven Weeps: The Heaven Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Tim Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    A thriller unlike any you have ever heard. A love strong enough to bring a tremor to your bones. A sacrifice powerful enough to make heaven weep. At the close of World War II, a shell-shocked soldier, Jan Jovic, was forced to inflict a game of life and death on a peaceful Bosnian community. In a few short hours, this young man was confronted by more love--and hate--than most experience in a lifetime. Years later, Jan has become a world-renown writer with widespread influence in the United States....

    Renate says: "No greater Love than this!"
    "Ted Dekker Delivers Again!"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. It was frustrating to watch the character continuously travel back to her dark places.


    Who was the most memorable character of When Heaven Weeps and why?

    Helen, because it was ultimately her story.


    Any additional comments?

    Ted Dekker always creates interesting characters who have identifiable struggles. There is always a strong message that shares the love of God. I always finish with a greater sense of God when I read one of his books. I enjoyed this trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Priest's Graveyard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler, Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (93)

    Two abandoned souls are on the hunt for one powerful man. Soon, their paths will cross and lead to one twisted fate. Danny Hansen is a Bosnian immigrant who came to America with hopes of escaping haunted memories of a tragic war that took his mother's life. Now he's a priest who lives by a law of love and compassion. It is powerful men and hypocrites who abide by legal law but eschew the law of love that most incense Danny. As an avenging angel, he believes it is his duty to show them the error of their ways, at any cost. Renee Gilmore is the frail and helpless victim of one such powerful man....

    Jerry says: "Excellent idea. Poor execution."
    "Gnarly!!"
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    Where does The Priest's Graveyard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a difficult read because it was so dark, but in the end, I really liked it. It had a strong message.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The priest, Danny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end when they understood the essence of God's love.


    Any additional comments?

    This book reminded me of the TV series Dexter. It was very dark. In the end I loved it. The journey profoundly drove home the essence that we are not to judge others or in the process we become sinful ourselves. We are to LOVE.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mark Driscoll, Grace Driscoll
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (126)

    Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife, Grace, talk about sex and marriage in down-to-earth terms, hitting issues other Christian books won't. While a wonderful wedding day is important, it's the last day of marriage that really counts. Will the last day of your marriage come prematurely through divorce? Will it be filled with regrets as you sit at the funeral of your spouse? Or, by God's grace, will the last day be a time to rejoice in the life you lived together?

    Beth says: "Excelent Book if you can get past reader's voice"
    "Straightforward, honest talk to husbands & wives!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Real Marriage to be better than the print version?

    Because I like to listen to books in the car and when I work out.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very honest talk to husbands and wives about God's design for marriage.


    What does Tavia Gilbert and William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice of the husband and wife to really engage in what is being said.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think and want to improve.


    Any additional comments?

    Good, engaging listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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